Features October 2014 Issue

Tips on Adding a Dog to Your Household

We often warn against adopting dogs with a wide size disparity, for good reasons. But the dogs’ temperaments also have to be taken into account. These two are quite disparate in size, yet they possess matching low-key personalities.

Tips on Adding a Dog to Your Household

Considering adding a dog to your household? Here are some things to think about first – and first-time introduction tips.

We currently have three dogs. We lost our Scottie a few months ago to cancer, and our Australian Shepherd last year to old age and failing health. This is the fewest number of dogs we’ve had in our family for as far back as I care to remember, and while I grieve Missy and Dubhy’s absence every day, a part of me feels some guilty relief that the canine chaos and caretaking load has lightened somewhat. Still, while I know it won’t be for a while yet, another part of me contemplates the next potential pup-addition to the Miller pack . . . which leads me to contemplate the complexities and challenges of bringing home a new dog.

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